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"Buck Three" a UH1C Gunship was shot up twice during the Vietnam War. "Buck Three" a UH1C Gunship was shot up twice during the Vietnam War.
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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Some Tennessee Valley veterans are retrofitting a Vietnam vintage helicopter.

The chopper is being restored into a living history lesson, and it's headed for a dramatic comeback appearance in Huntsville's Veteran's Day Parade on Monday.

"Buck Three" a UH1C Gunship was shot up twice during the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam Pilots Association and the Save the Heritage Group found It rusting away at the Huntsville Veteran's museum and took it on as a labor of love.

The exterior has already been restored to mint condition.

"It's a war hero, and it didn't get respect for about 20 years while it sat on the ranges at Redstone Arsenal, and we're trying to give it the respect it deserves," said Vietnam Pilot Les Haas.

Restoring the inside may take another year, and its rescuers plan to paint its call sign back onto its nose in time for the next Veteran's Day.

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